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Freedom is Yours

You are free when you believe you are.

I know, this sounds too simplistic, yes? But think about it, you were born into this world as a soul with a free spirit. What changed, what convinced you that you are not free? Society? The rules? Your upbringing?

Freedom begins in our own hearts and minds. It is not something someone else gives to us. It is our inherent birthright. It is a belief, a thought form, it resides in the deepest part of our souls. It is always there, but it can become very buried.

Ask yourself today, “Am I really free in my mind?” Be really honest with yourself. If freedom is important to you and your answer is no, perhaps it is time to ask yourself why. What are the thoughts that are holding you hostage?

You are free when you believe you are.  Meditate on that. The doorway is waiting.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~ Bob Marley

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ Jim Morrison

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Thank You, Etc.

This is a big thank you note to my readers! I discovered with delight today that thus far I’ve reached people in 71 countries with my blogs. That’s astounding to me, and many thanks to everyone who has visited from:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Also a big hug to my American friends who are celebrating Thanksgiving today. I send a prayer for your country to be unified and healed soon. And with COVID-19, this has been a rough year for everyone. I really miss traveling, but, I’m very grateful for the Internet that connects us. This is my additional gratitude message for you all:

Around the world, let us embrace our humanness and appreciate our unique cultures. Let’s reach out with respect to connect with others who share our humanity. And with deep gratitude, may we all cherish the Earth that sustains and cradles us.

Gratitude is an opening of the heart; it connects us to the Light. Be of the Light, and do every thing you can, from the smallest gesture to the grandest, to spread your light. Our world sorely needs every candle in the window right now, as we find our way towards the better humanity that we can be. I know we can get there together!

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ~  Roy T. Bennett

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

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“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

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Turn Off the News

Let’s start a new trend. The daily news we watch on our TVs and devices disheartens and demoralizes us. We don’t even know what is or isn’t the truth anymore. What we can be sure of is that it is a “truth” that someone else wants us to embrace.

Let’s unplug from our devices for awhile every day and really engage in a personal way with life. Let’s embrace our own truths and build lives we can believe in.

We need to stop being watchers and start being doers. Let’s be the ones creating our reality.

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The World You Create

As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Are You Waiting for Change?

It’s so simple really, and yet we persist in believing that other people or institutions are going to change our circumstances for us. We see this tendency when people are looking for life partners. They get swept up in those initial love feelings, and they believe that the other person is going to “complete them” for a lifetime. Divorce statistics say that this sort of thinking is faulty. When we adhere to that philosophy we cheat ourselves from our own soul work and growth. We should be striving to complete ourselves.

It is not someone else’s job to complete us, nor should we be waiting for external forces to change the world for us. Yes, we elect our government officials, and we should be able to have faith in the fact that they will work for our good. Unfortunately, currently we live in a world where we’re feeling increasingly betrayed by the officials we elect.

It’s time to change our thinking towards how we’ll contribute to and make the world a good place. It is so very fundamental. You cannot receive that which you yourself are not willing to give.

You desire more kindness in the world? Be kind.
You desire more love? Be loving.
I could go on with more examples, but you get the idea.

We Must Each be the Change

We build a world around us that is of our own vision and making. That’s not just at a micro level of our immediate surroundings. These behaviors ripple outward. Other people learn from us by example, then together we build a better world. We should also expect from our leaders what we are working to build for ourselves. Otherwise, why should we keep them around?

So now I ask you, what kind of world will you personally choose to build today? Whether you believe it or not, the fate of the world rests in your own hands.

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Compassion’s Heart

It is very sad for anyone to be in a situation that feels hopeless. And yet, these are the trials of the soul that cause us to grow. We dig deeper to find a way out of the darkness, stretching towards the light. While we are doing that, it helps if someone reaches out a compassionate hand to show us the way.

Now more than ever, it behooves us to express compassion to others. I believe that in the long run, the human race will not survive without it. We each need to find ways to heal the things that separate us from other human beings and build on the connections that unite us. Compassion is an essential tool to move this world to a better place.

More on compassion by Leigh Tremaine: 9 Powerful Benefits of Compassion

Inspirational Quotes:

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
~ Maya Angelou

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”
~ Goldie Hawn

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
~  John Bunyan

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